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Sudan’s army threatens escalation against Darfur rebels

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January 9, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan armed forces (SAF) have threatened to ramp up its operations against Darfur rebels in case they attempt to cross the borders between the western region and the neighbouring state of South Sudan.

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FILE - Sudan army spokesman al-Sawarmi Khalid (Reuters)

Quoted by the Sudanese Media Center (SMC), a government-sponsored agency, the army’s spokesperson, Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad, on Monday said that SAF would escalate its operation to eliminate the remaining pockets of Darfur rebels should they attempt to traverse the borders between Darfur and South Sudan.

Khartoum has accused its southern neighbours in Juba of supporting and providing sanctuary to rebel groups from Darfur as well as to those fighting the government in the border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, a charge Juba denies.

In December last year, Sudan reported the alleged arrival of Darfur rebel group, Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in South Sudan to the UN Security Council (UNSC), urging the international body to put pressure on Juba to refrain from supporting the rebels.

The army spokesperson said that their forces were now fully in control of the border crossings between Darfur and South Sudan. He added that military forces continue to carry out reconnaissance at the border areas suspected to contain Darfur rebels.

Sa’ad further said that they had detected movement by elements affiliated to the Darfur rebel faction, Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) of Mani Arkoi Minnawi trying to cross the borders between South Sudan and Darfur.

The Sudanese army is fighting four rebel groups allied under the Sudanese Revolutionary Forces (SRF) which includes JEM and the SLM’s factions of Abdul Wahid Nur and Minnaiw, plus the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) which is fighting in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The allied rebels vowed to hold joint military operations with the aim of toppling the government in Khartoum, which they accuse of marginalizing their regions.

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  • 10 January 2012 08:50, by Ambowl Papakayo

    Talk talk talk to make sure your account gets fatter every month with stolen money. Reality will speak louder than Sawarmi in the operation/battle fields. Who do you think gets colder when they hear your every time threats. They have just become like a love song that a person enjoys singing.So try creating another thing of which we’ll also deem it the same.

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    • 10 January 2012 09:01, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Why don’t they tell their marcenaries to stop fight South than we can see what will happen to them.
      Death to Khartoum marcenaries.

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      • 10 January 2012 10:03, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

        The SPLA and govt of S.sudan have to build up their troop numbers in the bordering areas and put them on a higher alert.coz when SAF says such they’ve made a plan already even their target.That warning was to south not rebels.Sudan want to annex new territories to it from south and this unacceptable.

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  • 10 January 2012 18:00, by eye-of-an-eye

    Dear readers,
    We knew all what is going on in Sudan, after we lost our brother freedom fighter DR. Khalil, Sudan tried alot on how to overcome the worse coming. they have no even single posible to stop Darfur rebel alone leave about South Kordufan and b nile. guys are weeping. South should never welcome any relationship at this time coz we know why. we must to be careful. I will put out the secret

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